The Supersaints stumbled to their third away defeat of the season when they went down 2-0 to the lowly Dundalk.
In front of a poor crowd the Supersaints, without the suspended duo of Gormley and Lynch, pressurised Dundalk for long periods of the game but were caught twice in defence as Dundalk broke on the counter attack.
St Patrick's were unlucky not to have scored twice inside the first ten minutes as they started the more positively. After only 5 minutes St Patrick's were awarded a free-kick 25 yards for the Dundalk goal.
As the defence were expecting a cross, Russell had the 'keeper scrambling across his goal line to gladly see the shot just go wide.
Minutes later Molloy cheekily chipped the ball over the onrushing Steve Williams only to see his effort dramatically cleared off the line by David Capper.
That was the end of St Patrick's pressure as an organised Dundalk team frustrated St Patrick's with some good defending and slowly crept back into the game.
With time approaching half-time, Dundalk took the lead. A free from Doolin sent Doohan up the wing whose near post cross was converted by a sliding Peter Withnell.
A pulsating second half saw St Patrick's again starting the stronger with Williams making a good save from a Martin Russell low shot.
However that was as close St Patrick's came to a goal, although Hawkins had a goal disallowed when he was alleged to have been pushing Williams.
Dominating most of the half, St Patrick's found themselves 2-0 down when Peter Withnell found the unmarked Tom McNulty whose first touch brought him clear of his marker and his shot was buried into the net.
The introduction of Braithwaite and Parkes had little effect on the game, and the travelling Supersaints left Oriel Park very disappointed.